When I became the ICM (In Country Manager) for Austraining in the Dominican Republic, I only knew a little about the agency, but it seemed to me a good opportunity for change and professional growth. Now, almost two years later, I can say it was much more than that—it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. As an ICM, I am responsible for a small group of professional volunteers, each of whom is doing an outstanding service in the DR. They feel rewarded in their role as ambassadors in a country where the majority of the population knows very little about Australia and Australians. Although they come as strangers, they become good friends and end up having a great experience in the DR. My volunteers have also made an impression on me—they have shown me the heart of Australians and a more organized way of doing things.
I am really proud of my volunteers’ hard work and of the contributions they have made to my country in their respective areas. I feel through my volunteers’ assignments that I am also contributing to the future development of the DR. Thank you for providing me with this great opportunity, it has been the experience of a lifetime!